to ultra-violet (UV) radiation from the sun happens every day. Most of
the time you don't even realize it because UV rays are
invisible to the eye. It is important to remember that as the
sun can damage your skin, it can be just as harmful to your eyes.
from the sun can burn the eyes, and may contribute to the development
of sight-threatening eye diseases such as age-related macular
degeneration, cataracts and melanoma.
Everyone is at
risk for UV damage to the
eyes. Some people are at an even higher risk including: senior
citizens, contact lens wearers and those taking certain medications,
such as birth control and antibiotics. Children are also at an
increased risk as they spend more time outdoors and their developing
eyes let in more UV rays.
Tips for UV
Be choosy with your eyewear. Choose sun wear with 100 percent UV
Pick sunglasses that cover the whole eye.
Investigate photochromic lenses which change from clear to dark as you
move from indoors to outdoors and block 100 percent of harmful UV Rays.
Consider sun wear options for your lifestyle - impact resistant lenses
for sports, polarized lenses for driving or water sports. All are
available in prescription.
of people know the sun can damage your skin but only 9% know it can
damage your eyes.
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